I couldn’t do it, I just couldn’t.
I’m referring to even thinking about trying embrace the upcoming season. Even beginning to think about it. I’ve been seeing some of my blogging friends starting to post recipes for pumpkin-this and butternut squash-that, and all I could think was, “Not me, I’m going to enjoy every minute of this ever-swiftly fleeting season”.
Then it happened. I was looking at one of my Pinterest boards when my eyes stopped on this Æblekage that I’d pinned a while back ………. and that’s all it took! I had to make it. And one taste of this wonderful Danish Apple Cake has me anticipating, actually really excited, about autumn and all the fun culinary inspiration it offers!
Well to be honest, that wasn’t all that it took. The recipe is authentically Danish and all the ingredients had to be converted from metric to US measurements. So I pulled out my scale and got busy. I peeled and sliced a few apples, got my mixer whirring and it didn’t take long before my kitchen was filled with a delicious aroma that made me feel like it might soon be time to say, “farewell summer!”.
I peeked in the oven half way through the baking process and did a little squeal ………. it was so pretty! I could hardly wait to pull this little beauty out of the oven and then, impatiently wait till it was cool enough to take a taste.
It didn’t disappoint, even a smidgen. I have a feeling this tender yellow cake with a double dose of cinnamon-sugar coated apples (a topping and also in the cake batter) will be my go-to dessert for the fall season.
It’s just around the corner whether we like it or not. Try this Danish Apple Cake, it just might help you embrace the new season too!
Oh, and just a fun behind the scenes shot of the photo shoot …..
P.S. Scott and I have been spending the last few days in Asheville, NC at Food Blog Forum. It’s been an amazing experience and we’ve been overwhelmed by the hospitality and generosity of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau. Asheville is in the heart of the Blue Ridge mountains, an incredibly beautiful area of the country and an amazing foodie mecca. We’ll be sharing more pictures coming up.Print
Danish Apple Cake
A tender yellow cake with a delicious cinnamon apple topping, perfect for any occasion!
- Yield: 12
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: Danish
- ½ cup sugar, 100g
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 cup sugar , 200g
- 2 sticks butter, 8 ounces, 225g, at room temperature
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, 250g
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 large apples (I love to bake with golden delicious, but any good baking apple will work well.)
- Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Spray the pan with baking spray and rub with a paper towel to evenly coat.
- In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar with 1 tablespoon cinnamon.
- Combine flour,baking powder and salt. Stir well.
- Peel and core apples, cut into quarters and then cut each quarter into thin slices.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until thick and smooth. Add vanilla then add eggs, one at the time, beating for 30 seconds after each addition. Stop to scrape down sides of bowl once or twice.
- With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture and mix just until combined.
- Combine the apples with the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Add half of the apples to the prepared pan. Pour batter over apples and smooth batter to edges of pan. Starting in the center, add remaining apples in a circular pattern on top of the batter. Sprinkle any remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture over the top of the apples.
- Bake cake for one hour. Cover loosely with foil and bake another 15-25 minutes or until set in the center. Check to see if a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool on a baking rack before removing outer ring. Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream. Enjoy!